County’s jobless rate jumpsOuch. Unemployment is up 1 percent in the last month and more than three points from a year ago. Could the problems at the Volvo plant have done this kind of damage so quickly?
by Mike Williams, Editor & Publisher, Southwest Times
Unemployment rates for both Pulaski County and Virginia rose in August, according to the latest figures released Tuesday by the Virginia Employment Commission.
Pulaski County’s jobless rate stood at 9.4 percent for August with 1,760 people unemployed, reported William Mezger, chief economist with the VEC.
The August rate is a full point higher than in July when unemployment hit 8.4 percent with 1,551 people unemployed.
A year ago, Pulaski County’s jobless rate stood at 6.3 percent for August with 1,146 unemployed. (link)
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
According to Barney Frank anyway:
Barney Frank's Bankrupt Ideas
Investor's Business Daily editorial
Democrats created the mortgage crisis by forcing banks to give loans to people who couldn't afford them. Now Obama and Biden want bankruptcy judges to bail out the same deadbeat homeowners. And once again, Barney Frank is helping.
It's been said that history is a lie agreed upon. Democrats are trying to rewrite history by blaming the Bush administration for the current crisis and claiming that the rescue bill is necessary to save the economy from Republican mismanagement.
Last Thursday on Fox News, when Bill O'Reilly tried to suggest that both parties might share the blame, House Finance Committee Chairman Frank, in a not atypical meltdown, disowned any responsibility for his lack of oversight over the last two years and his complicity before that.
Frank also claimed: "The fact is, it was 1994 that we passed a bill to tell the Fed to stop the subprime lending. We tried to get them to do it." In other words, those rascally Republicans did it all when they took control of Congress that November. (link) [my emphasis]
"We" tried to get the Fed to stop sub-prime lending? Way back in 1994? Is he joking? That may be the most ludicrous statement of the year.
You're caught on tape, Barney, arguing in favor of sustaining the system as it currently exists (well, up until a few weeks ago) despite the best efforts of Alan Greenspan, John McCain, and President Bush to reform it. It's on film, you fool. Time and time again.
It's no wonder that Bill O'Reilly went nuclear with this guy. He's about as blockheaded as they come.
Unleashed, Palin Makes a Pit Bull Look TamePalin can't mention Jeremiah Wright because it would be a "racially explosive attack," as opposed to being fair criticism of Obama's ability to judge those he comes in contact with - like heads of state of rogue nations.
By Dana Milbank, The Washington Post
Barack Obama, [Sarah Palin] told 8,000 fans at a rally here Monday afternoon, "launched his political career in the living room of a domestic terrorist!" This followed her earlier accusation that the Democrat pals around with terrorists. "This is not a man who sees America the way you and I see America," she told the Clearwater crowd. "I'm afraid this is someone who sees America as imperfect enough to work with a former domestic terrorist who had targeted his own country." The crowd replied with boos.
McCain had said that racially explosive attacks related to Obama's former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, are off limits. But Palin told New York Times columnist Bill Kristol in an interview published Monday: "I don't know why that association isn't discussed more."(link)
Get the impression the mainstream media wants ALL criticism of Obama to be forbidden?
These guys make me laugh.
Do Immigration Concerns Equal Racism?No, it wouldn't have anything to do with our concern for the rule of law. We oppose illegality because of the inherent nature of our fear, xenophobia, and racist impulses.
By Mark Tooley, The American Spectator
At its September board meeting, the National Council of Churches approved a resolution essentially supporting virtually open borders for the U.S, ascribing support for border control to "fear" and racism.
"We acknowledge the ease with which we as human beings are prone to fear people who we consider 'other,' yet our faith challenges us to overcome such natural fear of those who are not like us," the NCC intoned. It recalled America's struggle to overcome "racial, ethnic, gender and religious discrimination." And it expressed distress that America may currently succumb to "fear, xenophobia, and racist impulses directed against new immigrants." (link)
The National Council of Churches. Boobs all.